Kumbakonam is legendary beautiful temple town which is situated in the Thanjavur District in the Indian State of Tamil Nadu. Kumbakonam is known as temple town because of the vast number of temples within the surroundings of temple and town. The kumbakonam town is known for its elaborately carved panchaloha idols, fine brassware especially lamps, silk and betel leaves. Chakrapani temple kumbakonam is considered to be one of the most prominent Vishnu temples in South India, along with Tirupati and Srirangam. Seven of the Alwars sang the wonder of this beautiful temple. Lord Sarangapani is the leading Deity of this beautiful temple. Most of the temple was established by the Nayak kings between the 13th and 17th centuries, but the essential shrine dates to the end of the Chola period.
There are two entrance gates for entering the central shrine of the temple. During the dakshinayana period, you will enter the southern entrance when the sun is in the Southern Hemisphere. On the same way when the sun is in the northern hemisphere then the northern entrance during the period of uttarayana entrance.
The statue of Chakrapani and with 8 arms and Sudarshanavalli Thayar with a cordial visage shows the divineness of this holy shrine. Agni, Brahma and Surya are described as worshipping the Lord. According to legend, Surya once contended with Vishnu to decide who was brighter. Vishnu appeared in the form of a Chakra and put down the pleasure of Surya. As Lord Shiva, Lord Chakrapani also has a third eye on his forehead.
According to the legendary facts, the sacred Sri Chakra was meant at Jalandarasura by this swami and after killing him, it originated from the earth and settled on the banks of the Sacred Cauvery. Lord Brahma founded this in this new place and began to devotion. Its glow was thousand times better than the Sun.
The Chakrapani temple is also a magnificent example of the early temple architecture. The most strange point about the Chakrapani holy place is that Vilva archana, which is usually executed in Shiva temples, is also performed now for Lord Vishnu. In every month, Saturday is very special day and most auspicious festivals Masi maham Vaikunda Ekadasi celebrated in this beautiful Temple.
This beautiful temple is reachable from every mode of transportation. Trichy and Chennai are the nearest airports. Through train, the station is just east of the Mahamakam Tank which is about 2 km from the main temple. Kumbakonam is situated on the bank of the Kaveri River.